Game Night 1/14: Falcons at Crunch

The Falcons' winless streak is now at 13 games. SPR-3 SYR-5 Brian Eklund stopped just 25 of 29 shots before Syracuse added an empty net goal at game's end. Once again, Springfield's goaltending allowed 4 or more goals despite the defense allowing under 30 shots against. Defensemen Ray Schultz and Timo Helbling both scored their first goals in a Falcons uniform. Schultz also tacked on an assist in his second game with the Falcons. Nick Tarnasky also potted a goal for Springfield. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001570]TheAHL.com. [/url]

But Notches 3 Assists in Yaroslavl Win

Lightning overage prospect winger Anton But posted three assists today to help the Lokomotiv roll over SKA St. Peterburg 8-3. Yaroslavl is third on the Superleague table just one point back of Omsk in the standings. But is currently 4th in the Superleague in scoring with 14 goals and 35 points in 38 games. He is also tied for 5th in the league in goals and is 4th in the league in assists. Alexander Polushin was again a scratch for Severstal Cherepovets. Bolt Prospects is currently looking into the 2001 second round pick's status.

Holmqvist Reemerges in Offensive Slug Fest Versus Frolunda

Andreas Holmqvist had 2 assists today and Linkopings defeated Vastra Frolunda 5-4. Fredrik Norrena stopped 27 of 31 shots faced to improve his record to 17-8-5 this season. Frolunda is currently 2nd on the Elitserien table and saw their lead over third place Linkopings shrink to three points after the loss. Through 33 games, defenseman Andreas Holmqvist has 4 goals, 13 points and 46 penalty minutes. His +7 rating is the third best among Linkopings' blueliners.

HPK Spanks Jokerit

HPK made sure their young netminder Karri Ramo's return to the lineup after being gone for a month for the Rosno Cup break and World Junior Championships would be an easy one today. His club scored 6 goals in the second period en route to destroying Jokerit 10-2. Ramo stopped 31 of 33 shots faced for the victory. His record improves to 5-3-3 on the season. Ramo currently ranks 4th in the SM-liiga with a 1.79 GAA and a .938 save percentage.

Former Falcons Coach Potvin Dead at 38

Former Springfield Falcons head coach Marc Potvin [url=http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2291450]was found dead tonight in Kalamazoo, MI just hours before his Adirondack Frostbite were to take the ice for a UHL game.[/url] Potvin coached two seasons in Springfield including the '01-'02 season which was the first of a joint affiliation the Falcons had with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Among the players Potvin coached were current Lightning players Dimitry Afanasenkov and Martin Cibak as well as current Falcons players Jason Jaspers and Harlan Pratt. While head coach of the Frostbite, Potvin also coached Chiefs center Justin Kelly. Bolt Prospects send condolences to Potvin's family.

Game Night 1/13: Royals at Chiefs

Another tough result against Reading... REA-4 JHN-3 The Chiefs coughed up a lead in the third period and once again were defeated by Reading despite the fact they once again outshot the Royals by a wide margin (41-26 tonight). Morgan Cey took the loss stopping just 22 of 26 shots faced. Gerard Dicaire continued to heat up offensively with 1G 2A in the contest. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=summary&id=2702]ECHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 1/13: Blue Jackets at Lightning

Hopefully the ship is righting itself. CLB-2 TB-4 Sean Burke stopped 22 of 24 for the win while the Lightning outshot Columbus 39-24 for the game. It was a very balanced effort from the offense with goals coming from the checking line and both of the team's scoring lines. Ryan Craig and Evgeny Artyukhin had assists on Tim Taylor's opening goal. Craig played 13:54 tonight and was +1 with 2 shots on goal, 1 hit and 2 takeaways. Evgeny Artyukhin, despite his helper, played just 4:45 and was +1 with 1 takeaway. Norm Milley played well in 4:28 of ice time with three shots on goal including an unsuccessful breakaway chance against Marc Denis. Paul Ranger led all Lightning prospects in ice time at 19:17 and was +1. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020653.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 1/13: Falcons at Senators

Now I'm angry. I realize Jay Feaster has had some things on his plate recently, but to allow the situation between the pipes in Springfield to continue to worsen is ridiculous. SPR-4 BIN-9 Gerald Coleman allowed 4 goals on 11 shots before being lifted. Brian Eklund didn't do any better allowing 5 goals on 25 shots. A transaction should've been made two weeks ago. Jonathan Boutin and Morgan Cey have played well in Johnstown and deserve the opportunity to try and do what Coleman and Eklund simply have not been doing for the past month. And while we're at it, why is this organization wasting time giving a PTO to John Adams (scratched tonight) while Gerard Dicaire and Mike Egener are down in Johnstown? The exhiled Chris Dingman scored his third goal as a Falcon tonight while Marek Kvapil, Zbynek Hrdel and Andre Deveaux added markers of their own. Doug O'Brien and Nick Tarnasky had helpers in the game. But it doesn't mean anything because the Falcons' goaltenders simply cannot keep the puck out of their net. Something must be done, and this should be a lesson to those who believe that having an experienced AHL starter is a waste of a roster spot. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001548]TheAHL.com.[/url]

CSS Midterms Are Out

The NHL Central Scouting Bureau [url=http://www.nhl.com/news/2006/01/252338.html]has released their Midterm Rankings for the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. [/url] Three US based players top the North American rankings:

Linkopings Loses at the Last Second

Mike Watt scored the game winning goal with just 1 second remaining on the clock today as Leksands defeated Linkopings 3-2. Fredrik Norrena stopped 22 of 25 shots faced in the loss. His record drops to 16-8-5 on the season.
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